Ragupathy Kannan, professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, served as a reader and scorer of the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement examination in biology in June.
Kannan is one of 13,500 AP readers who evaluated four and a half million AP exams from students across the United States. The readings took place June 11-17 in Kansas City, MO. It is Kannan’s sixth time to participate in the readings.
The AP program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while in high school. AP courses in 36 subjects, each culminating in an exam, allow students to learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments and see multiple sides to an issue. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent the world’s leading academic institutions.
“Working with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) on the AP Biology program gives me a great chance to connect and exchange ideas with hundreds of peers in colleges and high schools around the country,” Kannan said. “It also gives me the honor of working with the world’s leading experts on grading Free Response Questions on a standardized and objective basis.”
Kannan has accumulated numerous awards and recognitions since coming to UAFS, including a six-month stint in India as a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. He also served on the 2010-11 Environmental Science Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Specialist Program.
Kannan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from Loyola College in Chennai, India, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a doctorate in biology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.